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How is ELLE pronounced?

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MadamePeacock Mon 03-Oct-16 11:45:06

Is it Ellie, Ella or just like the letter L?

MadamePeacock Mon 03-Oct-16 11:45:43

Also Halle? Is it Hallie or Hal?

LaundryQueenHatesIroning Mon 03-Oct-16 11:46:16

I would say like the letter L

Tatlerer Mon 03-Oct-16 11:46:36

It's like the letter L. But Halle is Hally

AndNowItsSeven Mon 03-Oct-16 11:46:46


Loyly Mon 03-Oct-16 11:47:00

Elle is like the letter L.
Halle is Hallie.

Soubriquet Mon 03-Oct-16 11:47:17

Elle is L

Halle is Hal

if you want Ellie spell it like that and if you want Hallie spell it like that.

sleepyhead Mon 03-Oct-16 11:51:01

I think technically to be pronounced Halley, Halle should be spelled Hallé (that's how the orchestra spells it anyway).

But I should imagine most baby Halles are referencing Halle Berry who doesn't have the thingy-whose-name-I-have-forgotten over the e.

If you wanted Elle to be Ellie I guess you could add the thingy.

MmmmWine Mon 03-Oct-16 11:51:48

soubriquet Halle is pronounced 'Ha-Lee' around here - never heard of it pronounced 'Hal'

MmmmWine Mon 03-Oct-16 11:52:46

Not having a go btw .... was just pondering!

JasperDamerel Mon 03-Oct-16 11:53:46



3Eggses Mon 03-Oct-16 11:57:54

Elle = L
Halle = Hally

leccybill Mon 03-Oct-16 12:00:02

Elle= L to me but I teach two Elles who tell me it's the Ellie sound. I feel like saying 'no it bloody isn't'.

senua Mon 03-Oct-16 12:03:32

I think that Elle = L but I know of someone who thinks that Elle=Ellie. It's her name so hard to argue but I go hmm every time I see it written down.

If they think Elle=Ellie then Ellie=what?confused

chinlo Mon 03-Oct-16 13:28:55

If they think Elle=Ellie then Ellie=what


Notso Mon 03-Oct-16 13:50:31

I know a few Elles who pronounce it Ellie.

I also know Hallies, Hals and a Hayley who all spell their name Halle.

If they think Elle = Ellie then Elle = what?

One parent said they thought any name with ie should be pronounced with an eye sound not an ee sound, so maybe Elleye? I thought she was wrong but I do know a Poppie that I always read as Popeye!

Pipilangstrumpf Mon 03-Oct-16 15:36:09

Elle is a french name and pronounced Ell, just like Belle. I'm surprised that anyone would even consider pronouncing it differently confused.

Halle isn't French but Scandinavian (had to google this) so you would pronounce the e.

BadToTheBone Mon 03-Oct-16 15:37:00


TheNaze73 Mon 03-Oct-16 15:37:42

Elle = L
Ellie = Ellie smile

Never heard it pronounced any other way

Dontgiveaschnitzel Mon 03-Oct-16 19:15:58

I'm related to an Estonian Elle, the Estonian pronunciation of Elle is more like Ella; Ell-eh.

AllPowerfulLizardPerson Mon 03-Oct-16 19:17:22

I thought the Scandi version was Halla?

leccybill Mon 03-Oct-16 21:12:08

I know an Eleigh hmm

KoalaDownUnder Tue 04-Oct-16 15:41:37

Elle = El. As in Macpherson. Elle pronounced Ellie is nonsensical.

Halle = Hally

Ontopofthesunset Tue 04-Oct-16 15:50:22

But Halle pronounced Hallie is also nonsensical, isn't it? According to English pronunciation rules it should be pronounced Hal. According to Scandinavian pronunciation rules it should be pronounced Hall-uh (with an unstressed schwa vowel sound st the end). I suppose if it were Greek like Penelope and Hermione it might be pronounced Hallie. But I don't think it is.

GETTINGLIKEMYMOTHER Wed 05-Oct-16 11:12:28


In other languages such as German, the final e would be pronounced, so more like Ella, but IMO it would be confusing, and very likely irritating to many people, to expect that pronunciation of Elle in the U.K.

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